Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ribbet... ribbet!

What do you get when you cross an arrowhead plant leaf, Syngonium podophyllum, with some glue, a pair of googly eyes, and some construction paper?

An art project. Well done Reuben, well done!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's never too late...

Okay, I know what you are thinking, Uh Thanksgiving was last week. Well, you see, it's taken me this long to recover from the food induced coma I slipped into on Thursday. We had a glorious feast... We packed up and headed over to Marty's mom's for all the turkey goodness. It was a spread of biblical proportions.... and we ate in much merriment.

The boys slipped into a coma as well and I swear were quieter than I have heard them in a long time... we ate pie afterwards. I seriously don't know how, but we did and enjoyed good fellowship with family.

Later that evening, at home, I thought about what I am thankful for and realized I don't say thank you nearly enough to those who do so much for me. Marty, for his constant love. The boys, for being such good, wonderful, amazing kids. My friends, for always being there for me. My Mom, for remembering the important things. And lastly, for coffee, I don't know how I'd make it through the day without my all important cup of coffee!

So, what I am really getting around to saying is Happy belated Thanksgiving to you all! I hope you all enjoyed food, fellowship, and the opportunity to reflect on what you are thankful for.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The way to a girls heart....

I have to hand it to Marty. He knows me, really well. And he knows my weaknesses... the biggest one in fact. Shoes. It's true. If I had my way I'd have new shoes everyday. There is nothing like the "new shoe" feeling. Slipping them on, checking them out, and suddenly feeling like a million bucks.

Tonight, for no real significant reason, other than he is the most amazing man ever, he gave me a new pair of shoes....

"Thanksgiving shoes" he said with a twinkle of satisfaction in his eyes.

And as I slipped them on, I felt so thankful for him and that he knows the way to a girls heart.

Educational Amusement

The joys of school bring ups and downs. Solomon has an exceptional teacher this year. Not only does he coach the High School football team and gave Solomon and his buddies an opportunity to be ball boys this year, but he has some really amazing teaching methods.

It's book report time and what way to make it better than turning your book report into a board game! Sol read Deltora Quest: The Maze of the Beast, yes the boys love science fiction! We had a blast turning a rather ordinary book report into a board game!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The truth

You have no idea how true this is at our house.... Poor Rosemary. Louie has been stealing her bed lately, and you know all he has to do is look at her and she shrinks back and gives it up.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ah, the joy of.... painting?!?

So, Marty and I are nuts. Seriously, crazy. We painted the living room yesterday. And WHOA, this was an undertaking. To put things into more perspective, Marty, unannounced to me, painted the bedroom the two days before, while I was busy shoplifting in Oregon with my Mom. (and No, we didn't actually steal anything, but we shopped till we dropped)

The living room was painted a really nice beige color on the walls and a rich chocolaty color on the ceiling. We both liked it the way it was, but decided to make the change to make the room feel bigger. We slaved, well, Marty slaved and I helped. And I still have primer in my hair to prove it!!!

This is the before picture, with the browns.

Bye, bye brown ceiling...

The boys helped for about 5 minutes... and then it got "old" really fast.

Has anyone seen my fiance'?
Viola! Finished, okay not totally finished, we still need to do the cut in work on the accent wall, but for the most part done. And it only took us ALL DAY!!! As you can see it's dark out.

All in all, we're really happy with the result, it makes the room feel much larger and brighter. However, next time we paint, if there is a next time, we will definitley give ourselves more than one day.

B.L.T. and no, not the sandwich!

The boys celebrated a L O N G weekend, due to parent teacher conferences and veterans' day. Lucky. Reuben, however, instead of staying home, lounging the weekend away attended B.L.T. for his R.O.T.C. class. Basic leadership training, sure it sounds fancy, but it's really a nice way of saying BOOT CAMP! For 3 days he was awoken at 5 am to run, do push ups and learn about leadership. He swears he did over 400 push ups in the 3 days, my arms would have fallen off at about 3.
Saturday after it was all over they had an awards ceremony for those cadets who toughed it out and made it through.

Still lookin' sharp after little sleep, bad food, and all those push ups!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

'round here it's always cats week!

It's true... the cats rule. They get what they want, when they want it from any of us. They know how to work it too. The food dish is a great example. It's been getting empty much faster than usual as of lately. And it's Louie. He had been ravenous... growing and getting bigger and that makes him eat like a horse, literally. When the dish is empty, Samson is the first to tell you. He strategically waits outside the bedroom door in the wee hours of the morning. As I am hazily making my way to the laundry room to let Rosie out, he's there underfoot making it known that he's hungry, NOW. And by making it known, I mean he's causing me to trip over him!

The truth of it is, if you are a "cat" person you relish in this ridiculous behavior from your felines. It's what makes them charming and irresistable. Aside from the fact they rule and they are just fine telling you that, we love them 'round these parts.